The maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus): implications of teenagers’ attitudes towards its conservation in Brazil

Consorte-McCrea, A., Nigbur, D. and Bath, A. (2016) The maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus): implications of teenagers’ attitudes towards its conservation in Brazil. Canid Biology & Conservation. (In Press)

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The relationships between people and wild canids are a widespread concern for the conservation of species and habitats. The maned wolf is an endangered (Near Threatened) species inhabiting South America. Strategies to conserve this keystone species may benefit the also declining Cerrado biome. The attitudes of teenagers toward wild carnivores are also of worldwide interest as these youths are the future decision makers. The present study investigates selected attitudes, beliefs and knowledge in relation to the maned wolf of two age groups (12-13 and 16-17). Questionnaires were delivered in three urban areas of the São Paulo state, a region highly populated and rich in biodiversity and endemism. Responses were analysed according to age groups, gender, location and experiences concerning the maned wolf. Results suggest that positive attitudes declined with age; gender has very little effect on attitudes; seeing the maned wolf in nature and zoos may increase support for the conservation of the species amongst the younger group; while identification with some maned wolf attributes amongst older teens may foster intentions to help the species. Conservation strategies and environmental education can help to provide early positive experiences of contact with the maned wolf and the Cerrado, especially if they are tailored to address the variation we found in attitudes between different age groups.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: biodiversity conservation, carnivore conservation, Cerrado biome, human dimensions, people/wildlife conflict, wild canids
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001 Social psychology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0001 General including nature conservation, geographical distribution > QH077 Nature conservation
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Dr Adriana Consorte-McCrea
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2016 10:31
Last Modified: 23 May 2019 09:12

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